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THE EARLIEST KNOWN SIGNATURE OF "WYATT EARP" CIRCA 1870 - Wyatt Earp and his family moved to Lamar, Missouri around 1869. Nicholas Earp at some point became the Constable for Lamar. However, on November 17, 1869, Nicholas offered his resignation as Lamar's Constable. His resignation was accepted and he was immediately appointed to the position of Justice of the Peace. On the same day Wyatt Earp, who was only twenty-one years-old, was appointed as Lamar's new town Constable. This appears to have been his first known law position. This extremely rare early document, being one of the earliest known documents signed by “WYATT EARP” as a lawman and the beginning of the 'Earp Legend!'Court summons document reads as follows: State of Missouri, County of Barton to “Mrs. Grimmer” You are herby commanded, that, all excuses and delays being set aside, you personally be and appear before the undersigned, a Justice of the Peace within and for the Township of “Lamar” in the County of Barton, on ____ day of “Fourteenth” 187_ at the hour of ____ o'clock,____M., at this office in said township, to testify on the trial of a case wherein “State of Missouri” plaintiff, and “Samuel Jones” defendant, on the part of the party of the “pltiff” (plaintiff) and of this you are not to fail at your peril. Given under my hand, this “23” day of “July” A. D. 187”0”. “N. P. Earp” Justice of the Peace.Verso: In Wyatt Earp's hand, “I have served the written Subpoena upon the within name Grimmer by reading the same to her this 23th day of July 1870 W. S. Earp Const Fees 25 State of Mo. V (versus) Samuel Jones Justice fees 35 Court fees 25”Shipping: Flat Material, Small (view shipping information)